Some of men’s fashion’s biggest success stories come from the most unlikely places. Anyone who’s tuned into the industry knows a thing or two about Heron Preston. He rose to prominence after celebs like Kanye West were spotted wearing his “Style” turtleneck. Everyone wanted it, but there was a catch: you could only buy it directly from Preston via his Instagram account. For so long, fashion’s exclusivity and cultural cache was determined by a velvet rope or a guest list. Now, you simply had to be cool enough to know where to shop. Boot brand Distant Future has taken this philosophy and used it as a driving force in its business. And based on the label’s early success, it’s a strategy that’s paying off.
Distant Future offers well-made luxury boots for the man who appreciates the finer things in life. Retailing in the range of $750, these boots are made with care and unmatched skill.
They’re crafted from premium nu-buck leather, and reinforced with a full Goodyear hand-welted stitch. For those who aren’t familiar with footwear stitches and construction technique, a Goodyear welt is a definitive indication of a well-made shoe or boot. Not only will this boot last for years to come but it’ll also fend off any water or other environmental threats that could seep inside. It’s a time-honored shoe tradition used by a multitude of luxury brands such as Hermès. The boots are also handmade, which gives them a true one-of-a-kind look and feel. The lining of each boot is made from soft drum tumbled calf skin. In other words, this is a boot that’s made to perfection and worth every single penny. Though you may not be initially familiar with Distant Future, there’s a highly influential crowd that is. Some of your favorite celebs’ stylists are in the know as well as successful personal shoppers and even underground resellers. The latter group has been known to retail Distant Future boots for upwards of $1300—a clear indication of these boots’ popularity. The only other shoe in the industry that commands that type of cash on the resell market is the Yeezy Boost. To get your hands on a pair of Distant Future boots, you need to know where to look. They aren’t sold directly to the public. There’s a mystique surrounding the brand that’s creating a true sense of excitement among fashion fans. There are very few brands that can get people this excited. Distant Future is one of them.
The brand emphasizes quality over quantity. This isn’t a label that’s focused on being everywhere or copying every trend. Distant Future has its own aesthetic—a breathtaking cross between traditional style and urban streetwear. Equal parts classicist and futurist, Distant Future occupies that rare space in which it pulls inspiration from the past while updating it for a new crowd.
And that’s a crowd that has its finger on the pulse. They don’t shop from a website. They don’t buy them at a department store. They know someone who knows where to get them. If you want a pair, it’s time for you to expand your network.